Driving the impossible turns on the Val Mara Road

Val Mara Road is the name of a challenging drive running across the border of Switzerland and Italy, to the south of Lago di Lugano.

Val Mara Road

The road is totally paved but narrow in parts. It’s called Stráda da Valmára (in Switzerland) and Strada Provinciale 13 (in Italy). The road is very demanding, with 6 sharp hairpin turns and brutally steep, hitting a 32% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The road crosses the border between both countries.

The road is 10.5 km (6.52 miles) long running west-east from Arogno (in the district of Lugano in the canton of Ticino, in the southernmost tip of Switzerland) to San Fedele Intelvi (in the Province of Como in the Italian region Lombardy).  It’s closed to longer vehicles.
Road suggested by: Elina Calzavara
Pic: Bruno Schaeublin